The BootstrapSolar Chi-qoo
is an Open Source KickStarter-funded
battery charger kit for recharging or powering small electronic devices like smart phones, iPads, Kindle tablets, Arduino boards, EL wire, and others. It comes as an easy-to-assemble DIY kit that only requires a screw driver and some glue to put together, and does not require any soldering. The kits are partially manufactured and packaged at TechShop
What you'll need:
A Chi-qoo Kit
-- The kits are available for purchase from the BootstrapSolar website
, but since it's Open Source, you could theoretically make your own from scratch too!
#1 Philips Screw Driver
-- That's the "+" type, and a pretty small one.
-- Any glue that works with wood. Standard wood glue will work, though "5 minute" epoxy probably offers the best balance between bonding strength, time to undo mistakes, and curing time.
-- Most folks have reported finishing the kit in an hour or less (and as little as 10-15 minutes for those who are handy).